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Expanded Premium Processing Coming Soon!

USCIS has recently announced a set of three initiatives to increase the agency’s efficiency, including expanding premium processing: Setting new agency-wide backlog reduction goals Expansion of premium processing to additional form types, and W… Read More
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No More Combo Card? The De-Coupling of APs & EADs!

USCIS has recently confirmed that they are intentionally separating the processing of the AP (advance parole) and EAD (employment authorization document). When a foreign national files the adjustment of status application (I-485, also known as a gree… Read More
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Employment Based Interfiling: New USCIS Guidelines to Transfer Underlying Basis

by Brianne Donovan, Immigration Attorney On Friday, January 21, 2022, USCIS released new guidance for requesting a “Transfer of Underlying Basis.” More commonly, this is known as an “Interfiling Request.” What is an interfiling request? An in… Read More
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Is an H-1B Leave of Absence Allowed?

By Brianne Donovan, Immigration Lawyer Just as a U.S. worker can take a leave of absence, H-1B employees are allowed time off work without jeopardizing their immigration status. Unfortunately, life happens, regardless of your immigration status. It m… Read More
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Big Changes for Covid-Related Travel Requirements!

President Biden has recently issued a new Presidential Proclamation that rescinds geographic Covid travel bans. Instead, beginning November 8th 2021, there will be Covid vaccination requirements for international air travelers to the US. The new Proc… Read More
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To File Anew or Not? Filing Multiple I-485s

The November visa bulletin is out, and with it brings a flurry of questions about I-485 filing strategies! The top question we are receiving right now is: Can I file multiple I-485 applications? The EB-2 India priority dates for both final action and… Read More
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No More Covid Travel Bans? Changes are Coming!

By Brianne Donovan, Sumner Immigration Law On September 20, 2021, the Biden Administration announced a change in international travel restrictions previously put in place at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic. The current travel restrictions r… Read More
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What is a certified copy of a birth certificate or other document?

USCIS and the US Department of State often require original documents or certified copies of certain documents for immigration processing. The specific documents you need depend on what you are applying for and where. Many clients ask what it means t… Read More
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Keep your identification current!

If you are a foreign national in the United States, keep your identification documents current! It may be okay for your visa to expire (depending on your situation), but make sure you have a valid passport and/or other valid government ID with your p… Read More
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Priority dates are advancing quickly - five tips to be prepared!

Employment-based priority dates are advancing quickly with the June and July 2021 visa bulletin. We expect that to continue in the coming months, though no one can predict precisely how quickly priority dates will advance. Be ready to file as soon as… Read More
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